The Volkswagen Up! is a small three-door hatch measuring just over 3.5-metres in length (3.54m), and 1.64-metres in height. This puts it on par with a MINI Cooper in terms of dimensions, just to give you an idea of its size. It's powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine producing 44kW of power in entry-level trim, and 55kW in optioned trim.
Since the Up! was developed purely as an urban runabout, the small Volkswagen has been engineered to offer superior fuel economy. With help from a range of BlueMotion technologies, such as Stop/Start, the Up! has an average fuel consumption rating of 4.2L/100km and 4.3L/100km for respective trim levels. The Up! also comes with an emission rating of 100 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
To further bolster the Up!'s frugal appeal, a natural gas powered version offering 50kW is on the cards for the future, consuming just 3.2L/100km, as well as a full electric version slated for a 2013 debut.
Inside, the Volkswagen Up! comes with a range of technology, including Volkswagen's new City Emergency Braking system which is capable of avoiding potential accidents at speeds below 30km/h.
The dashboard also features a new Dash Pad interface and a Portable Infotainment Device (PID). This houses systems such as satellite navigation and the Up!'s in-car entertainment controls and climate settings.
Full production details of the Volkswagen Up! will be revealed at the car's first public debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show next month, and is set to go on sale in Europe in December.
We'll keep you updated with more information, including possible Australian market details, during our full coverage of the show, starting September 13.
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